By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sun Yang of China has claimed the first gold medal of pool swimming at the world championships In Barcelona.
The reigning Olympic champion won the men's 400-meter freestyle with a time of 3 minutes, 41.59 seconds. He was under world-record pace through the first half of the race, faded a bit on the third leg, but turned it on at the finish to win in a romp. The 6-foot-6 swimmer climbed from pool and flexed both fists for the crowd at the Palau Sant Jordi.
Japan's Kosuke Hagino finished strong to claim the silver in 3:44.82. Connor Jaeger of the United States held on for the bronze in 3:44.85.
The men's 400 free is the first of four finals Sunday night.
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